• Roundtable hosted by Member of the European Parliament, Rosa D’Amato.
    Roundtable hosted by Member of the European Parliament, Rosa D’Amato.

Trane Technologies hosted a roundtable event at the European Parliament on Advancing Food Loss Technologies and Policies.

The roundtable, hosted by Member of the European Parliament, Rosa D’Amato, and promoted in partnership with Sustainable Development Policy Institute Competere addressed the global impact of food loss and the technologies and solutions required to reduce loss and waste across the food chain.

Thermo King EMEA, Trane Technologies, president, Claudio Zanframundo, said globally 30 per cent of food is lost or wasted, while 1.3 billion people experience food insecurity.

“Having an efficient and sustainable cold chain makes a big difference in reducing food waste and putting food on tables across the world. That’s why it’s vital that policy makers and industry leaders connect regularly so we can move the needle on this important issue,” he said.

The round table included discussions on European Union policies and strategies led by Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, Head of Unit DGSANTE of the European Commission and the causes of food loss and waste led by Associate Professor Kasza Gyula.

Also taking part in the discussions were representatives from Copa Cogeca, the organization for farmers and agri-cooperatives in the EU, leading European food manufacturers association FoodDrinkEurope, major European retail organization Schwarz Group and surplus food management app-based company Too Good to Go, and Safe Food Advocacy Europe (SAFE), an NGO focused on protecting EU food consumers.

Through dedicated and committed action, Trane Technologies is advancing its 2030 Sustainability Commitments including the Gigaton Challenge, a pledge to reduce customer greenhouse gas emissions by 1 billion metric tonnes (or, one gigaton).

This reduction equates to two per cent of the world’s annual emissions – or, the annual emissions of Italy, France and the UK combined.

The company has also pledged to be net-zero by 2050.